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  • Auto Insurance Answers

    What is auto insurance?

    Auto insurance is a contractual agreement between an insurance company and an insured (policyholder). In exchange for a premium, the insurance company promises to provide bodily injury liability coverage, property damage liability coverage and uninsured motorist coverage.

    What are the different parts of the auto policy?

    The first section of the policy is the "declarations page," which lists what coverages are in effect and the dollar amount of coverage. The next section of the policy includes the actual contract language, which clearly describes the insurance company's rights and responsibilities as well as the policyholders. Your policy may also contain a third section called the endorsement section, which changes or modifies the policy. Certain general provisions are required by law, but policies can be very different. It is important to read any policy issued to you as soon as you receive it. If you have questions, contact your insurance agent or company for clarification.

    Who does the auto policy cover?

    The personal auto policy provides coverage to the named insured, spouse and other relatives living in the home as well as anyone to whom the named insured has given permission to operate the vehicle.

    What is covered under bodily injury liability coverage?

    This coverage does not protect you or your car directly. If you cause an accident injuring other people, it protects you against their claims up to the stated amounts for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses. It will also usually pay if the accident was caused by a member of your family living with you or a person using your own auto with your consent. It does not pay for bodily injury you may sustain.

    What is covered under property damage liability coverage?

    Property damage liability coverage pays for any damage to the property of others up to the stated amount provided by the policy (i.e., a crushed fender, broken glass, or a damaged wall or fence). Your insurance will pay for this damage if you were driving your auto or if it was being driven by another person with your consent. Property damage liability also pays if you damage government property like a light pole or signpost, up to the limit you choose.

    What is uninsured motorist coverage?

    Uninsured motorists (UM) coverage applies to bodily injury you, your family, and other occupants of your vehicle incur when hit by an uninsured motorist or hit-and-run driver. It also covers you and your family if injured as a pedestrian when struck by an uninsured motorist or hit-and-run driver. It protects you by making sure that money is available to pay for your losses that were caused by someone else.

    You may want to purchase more than the minimum coverage required by law if you feel the need for more protection. Uninsured motorist coverage does not cover your property damage and does not protect the other driver. Your insurer may sue the other driver for any money the insurer pays you because of the other driver's negligence.

    What is underinsured motorists coverage?

    Underinsured motorists (UIM) coverage increases the bodily injury protection to you and the people in your car up to the amount of coverage you purchase. It becomes effective when the party causing an accident has lower bodily injury liability limits than your UIM limits.

    What does collision coverage provide?

    Collision coverage pays for physical damage to your vehicle caused by your vehicle colliding with an object, including another car or if it overturns. In the event of an accident, collision coverage will pay to repair your vehicle up to the amount equal to the value of the vehicle before the accident. Your own insurer will pay for such damage even if the collision is your fault.

    Collision premiums are based on the make and model year of your car. You should evaluate the current market value of your car and your ability to afford a similar car should it be destroyed before you purchase this coverage. You may not need this coverage if your car has decreased in value or if you can afford to replace it.

    The insurance company is totaling my car. How can I make sure I get what its worth?

    An insurance company totals a car if repairs would cost more than it is worth. An insurance company will use various sources to value your car, including, but not limited to the National Automobile Dealers Association Used Car Guide ("Blue Book") or the CCC Information Services, Inc., guide. The company's offer, therefore, might not recognize your car's condition, special features or value on the local market. A company is more likely to raise its offer if you can show that your car would sell for a higher price in your area. Keep the lines of communication open. Get several used car dealers' to write price quotes for a similar automobile. Newspaper used-car ads also can build your case. Remember these quotes and ads provide asking prices and the actual value or sales price could be lower.

    This information came from a
    WI Commissioner of Insurance online article.

    *** Any law, statute, regulation or other precedent is subject to change at any time ***

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